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Since the establishment in 2004, a total of 30 observatories have joined the UNWTO INSTO Network: eight in China, one in Greece, one in Mexico, one in Brazil, five in Indonesia, one in Croatia, one in the United States, one in Italy, one in Panama, one in Guatemala, one in Argentina, one in Australia, one in Canada, three in Portugal and the last to join us from Spain, bringing a total of three observatories in Spain.

The first observatories were established in 2006. While China led this early pioneering work, the network counts today a total of 30 destinations around the world that are passionately engaged in the continuous and timely measurement of the impacts of tourism, serving their stakeholders with up-to-date and reliable evidence for better decision making processes at the local level.

While it is mandatory to measure at least to some extend the nine issue areas, each observatory is different in its structure and focus. Due to the context-sensitiveness of sustainability in general and the structures and characteristics of the destinations in specific, INSTO does not require members to specifically monitor pre-defined indicators, leaving enough flexibility in terms of the content and focusing more on the processes and innovative tools and techniques used by the destinations.


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